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If you’re one of those who has saved up years of wine corks for no reason whatsoever, now’s the time to put them to good use.

Whole Foods Market has partnered with Cork ReHarvest to launch a cork recycling program.

According to a press release from Whole Foods, corks collected west of the Rockies will be delivered to Western Pulp, where they will be turned into recyclable wine shippers containing 10 percent cork. Corks gathered in the Midwest will be sent to Yemm & Hart, which produces cork floor tiles. Corks donated in the East Coast and in the United Kingdom will be transported to Jelinek Cork Group, where old corks will be made into post-consumer products.

“We often forget that cork is a renewable, recyclable material that does not belong in our landfills, said Erez Klein, wine and beer buyer for Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region, which first launched the program that is now is being expanded company-wide. “Whole Foods Market is excited to make cork recycling more accessible to our shoppers, and Cork ReHarvest allows us to help sustain cork forests, a critically important resource for our planet, and to do so with near effortless local community action.”

All 292 Whole Foods Markets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. are participating in the program.

For more on the program, click here.

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